Balanced as never before – the TMG GT86 Cup

When, at the beginning of this season, Nils Jung and Florian Wolf announced their target to win the TMG GT86 Cup this year, some people in the paddocks were quite amazed. After all, the driver duo, this year starting for Ring Racing, had not yet won any race in this single brand cup. However, the words of the two Hessian drivers were soon followed with deeds. After five VLN races Jung and Wolf have scored two wins, they finished all the races on the podium and even ended up as the half-time champions.

They used the half-time break amongst others to regenerate during their holidays for the second half of the season. Florian Wolf spent his holiday on Tenerife, Nils Jung further up in the North, in Sweden. “That was not too bad to restart,” was the summary of a grinning Wolf whilst he was studying the standings, “Certainly, due to our bad luck in the first and the fifth race, we did not score many points. Indeed, an advance of six points is no laurels to rest on, but our target is and remains to win the overall classification. We have demonstrated that we are amongst the favourites for the title and we intend to fulfil this in the second half of the season.”

His team-mate Nils Jung, however, is not that euphoric and points to the exciting battle amongst three teams in the TMG GT86 Cup. “The top three are separated by only eleven points. One bad day or a breakdown and we have lost the lead.” Jung/Wolf have scored 88 points in the five races thus far and are in front of Manuel Amweg/Thomas Lampert of Toyota Swiss Racing (82 points) with an only small advantage. Into third place follow the winners of the season opener, “Brody“, Bruno-Francesco Barbaro and Olivier Muytjens (Pitlane – AMC Sankt Vith, 77 points). So the Belgian team is also still fighting for the title. Jung, a mechanical engineering student, thus prefers to concentrate on the next race only. “Further working in a focused manner, scoring regularly and finishing the races without any breakdowns,” this is how he describes his policy.

Ring Racing team director Uwe Kleen is full of praise: “They both work perfectly together as a team. They have further developed their driving skills over the season, which you can clearly see from their ever faster lap times. They make hardly any mistake, they respect team tactics and always provide our mechanics with a good feedback on the car’s handling. There cannot be any better drivers for me as team manager.”

Ring Racing is anyway in a comfortable position in the fight for the cup victory. The team from Boxberg nearby the Nürburgring has right two irons in the fire. Ring Racing does not only enter its own car of the current leaders, but it looks also after the Toyota of Swiss Racing. Their drivers, Manuel Amweg and Thomas Lampert, have also already scored two wins this season. But Kleen does not see any conflict of interest here: “Both cars are prepared for the races with the same care. Our motto is: We want to win – and we don’t mind with which car.“